German melodic heavy metallers CHALICE have apparently been thrown off the billing of the upcoming DEEP PURPLE/ALICE COOPER European tour. The group's official statement on the mattere reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, today we have real depressing news for you which we haven't quite realized ourselves yet: Although we had a fixed agreement, although there were only some details left to be arranged, although we already had engaged our technical crew, although you can read our name on all the posters and in all the announcements and advertisements, and although it doesn´t make the least sense in our minds, at the moment it looks as if the DEEP PURPLE/ALICE COOPER tour, in which we had put all our hopes and our power, will take place without us!

"The only reason that we are told is that there has obviously been a problem in communication between the organizer and the DEEP PURPLE management. It seems as if somebody might not have been informed early enough and feels angry now about not having been asked as first. This discussion, that appears to us — if this is really the reason — as a little bit childish and ridiculous, is being carried out on our backs and leads to the consequence that CHALICE is going to stay at home.

"We are totally sorry about that, not only because no one else would have loved to play this tour more than we did, but also because we know that at least some of you would have enjoyed the concerts even a little bit more because WE should be playing there, too. And to those of you who already bought tickets because of this, please don´t be angry with US but tell everybody out there that you miss us!

"We promise that we try everything to get on another tour soon, we need to get on stage to spread the legend of the 'Shotgun Alley'. You know we're a live band and all we want to do is to party with you! But to be honest, at this moment we're really pissed off..."

CHALICE's latest album, "Shotgun Alley", was released last fall via Massacre Records.


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